Canoeing and Kayaking are lifelong sports that are easily learned by all ages and most abilities. FortWhyte Alive is pleased to partner with WAVpaddling for the instruction of the 2013 paddling programs. WAVpaddling’s certified professional instructors will provide you with the knowledge and experience to confidently enjoy your own paddling excursions. FortWhyte’s small sheltered lakes are the ideal setting for learning the basics of these adventurous pursuits.
These courses are designed to introduce you to the basics of paddling. In addition to safety training and equipment education, you will be taught the strokes and manoeuvres that will help you to enhance your on-water experience and improve your confidence. Registration for all paddling courses is done through WAVpaddling’s website. Ages 12 and up.
All paddling courses are taught at the FortWhyte Outdoor Adventure Centre, 2505 McGillivray Blvd.
All Courses Includes:
To register for Canoeing Basic Skills : Click here
Paddle Canada has replaced the former Flat Water Program with this new course. It is designed for the novice or someone wanting to relearn the fundamentals. Your certified Paddle Canada instructor will lead you through the basics from learning the parts of a canoe and paddle, to the basics of canoe stability, and on to the elementary paddling strokes. Of course, safety is always foremost in the WAV paddling/Paddle Canada program. By the end of the course, you will be able to paddle a canoe wherever you like over flat calm waters and safely return to your starting point. Once you have completed this course, the way is open to more advanced programs in Lake Canoe, Moving Water, and Canoe Tripping, all available through the WAV paddling.
To Register for Canoe Fundamental Skills: Click here
This course is the foundation for any new paddler or those wishing to develop solid technique and skills. We will teach the fundamental canoe skills necessary to have a ton of fun out in the wilderness. An emphasis will be placed on safety and increasing overall general knowledge of the sport. This course will also build your confidence in paddling and tripping in the wilderness.
To register for Introduction to Sea Kayaking: Click here
Master the fundamentals of sea kayaking. This course is a must for every new flat water kayaker hoping to get the most from their paddling experience. Paddle Canada’s kayaking program will teach you the basics, starting with equipment and moving on to the basic strokes and techniques you will need to kayak safely on flat water. Paddle Canada, as always, has thrown in a good measure of safety training so you will be confident but also know your limits
To register for Introduction to Rolling a Kayak: Click here
Beginners learn the roll. If you have a weak roll - come to strengthen it. Work on your offside roll and even take a crack at learning a hand roll.
This rolling clinic takes you through a progression of skills that lead to the development of a strong and consistent roll. We will start with a breakdown of the fundamental skills needed to execute the kayak rolling including: the brace, hip snap and underwater awareness. We then focus on body set up and paddle control. After some drill work and practice sessions, we put it all together and join the components into the complete roll.
WAVPaddling offers other opportunities including River Kayaking and Instructor Courses for both canoe and kayak. Please see their website for more opportunities to further your paddling skills.
Tuesday and Thursday nights, June 4 to August 27, 2013, 6:30 - 9 pm*
In partnership with Mountain Equipment Co-op and The Wilderness Supply Company, Winnipeg’s best selection of kayaks will be available for you to enjoy. These evenings are supervised by the paddling pros, and offer the perfect chance to sample kayaking or canoeing in a safe environment. Bring your own boat or try out one of ours.
Children under 10 coming to paddle with an adult are free.
Held at the FortWhyte Adventure Site, 2505 McGillivray Blvd. (not the main FortWhyte Alive entrance on McCreary Rd.)
*Weather permitting. If we are cancelling due to weather or high winds we will post the notice on the home page of our website.